Corrosion resistant coatings applied using galvanic and chemical processes

How can a coating protect your product? There are several options... In its second roadshow, the Smart Coating Application Laboratory introduces you to various surface treatments and coatings, including corrosion resistant coatings applied using galvanic and chemical processes. The roadshow starts on 12 February.

The theme of the second roadshow is 'Protect your product!''. With this workshop we want to familiarise you with various industrially applicable techniques that are currently available for protecting your products.

Coatings that protect materials or products against external influences are pretty common. The primary aim of these coatings is to extend the life of the materials or products. These include corrosion resistant layers for metal structures, wear resistant layers for machinery components or scratch-proof coatings on plastic products. Depending on the materials used and the circumstances in which the products are used, there are various types of coatings available that provide optimal protection. For example, wind turbines at sea need a completely different type of corrosion resistant coating from, say, a metal cabinet in a workshop. On top of that, there is also a wide range of techniques available for applying these coatings onto the products. 

Walter Lauwerens, from the Sirris Smart Coating Application laboratory, will be discussing corrosion resistant coatings, applied using galvanic and chemical processes. During the presentation he will give an overview of how to apply metallic layers using wet chemical techniques. This includes plating techniques such as galvanizing and nickel and chrome plating that all offer protection against corrosion. By varying the composition of these layers, properties such as low friction or non-sticking can be incorporated in order to achieve a longer lifetime and improved functionality.

Other techniques also available include, anodising metals where the surface composition of the material is changed in order to obtain a protective surface.

Also alternative processes for hard chrome plating will be discussed since this wet chemical technique will be banned within the EU in the near future.

The first day of the roadshow is linked to a live event, where we zoom into companies who give testimonies about specific innovations and applications. A number of companies will be interactively interviewed regarding a specific application for which protective coatings could offer a solution for their products.

Would you like to know more? For practical information and registering for the event, please click here.

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